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National Summary


Brighter conditions will slowly spread from the northwest today, but outbreaks of rain and drizzle will continue to linger in the east of the country until later this afternoon. Gusty southwestrly winds will gradually ease through the day. Highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees.


This evening and early tonight will be dry and clear but rain will have developed widely across the western half of the country by the end of the night. Lowest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees. Southwesterly winds will strengthen again overnight.


Becoming wet everywhere on Sunday morning with the rain gradually turning to showers in the afternoon. Southerly winds will be light for a time over the first half of the day but they will become strong and gusty from a westerly direction later. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10C but feeling cold in the wind and rain.


OUTLOOK: Very changeable into next week, and cold, especially early on. TOMORROW NIGHT: A cold night with some scattered wintry showers pushing in across the western half of the country. A light dusting of snow locally, though most of any lying snowfall should be confined to higher ground. Showers further east will be isolated. Some frost and ice, especially for sheltered areas. Lowest temperatures -1 to +1 degrees Celsius, in moderate southwest breezes. MONDAY: A cold day with some further wintry showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow. Most of the wintry showers will occur across the western half of the country, with the risk of thunder too. Snowfall will mostly occur on higher elevations, but a light dusting of snow is possible on some lower levels here, especially to begin and end the day. Showers mainly falling as rain further east, and more scattered for these parts too, with some bright or sunny spells. Highest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees Celsius (coldest in the west), in light to moderate westerly breezes. TUESDAY: A cold windy day with an added wind chill effect. Once again scattered wintry showers will move down across the country. This time most of the wintry showers will occur across the north and east to begin, when there may be some falls of sleet and snow. Showers mainly of rain as of late morning, with more in the way of drier brighter weather developing everywhere. Highest temperatures 6 to 9 degrees Celsius; strong westerly winds will ease through the day. WEDNESDAY: Wet and windy through the day, with rain turning to wet snow at times, especially to begin. Rain will tend to clear from the south later. Highest temperatures 6 to 9 degrees Celsius, in fresh to strong westerly winds.

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Coastal Reports

Malin Head Automatic

South, 27 Knots, Gust 57 Knots, Rain shower, 4 Miles, 993, Falling

Dublin Airport

South-Southwest, 17 Knots, Gust 28 Knots, Cloudy, 16 Miles, 1003, Falling

Buoy M5 51° 41'N 6° 42'W

Southwest, 24 Knots, Wave ht: 3.2 m, The visibility at Tuskar is greater than 10 Miles, 1008, Falling

Roches Point Automatic

South-Southwest, 28 Knots, Gust 42 Knots, Mod rain shower, 1.0 Miles, 1006, Falling

Sherkin Island Automatic

South-Southwest, 25 Knots, Gust 36 Knots, Mist, 2 Miles, 1006, Falling

Valentia Automatic

South-Southwest, 20 Knots, Gust 33 Knots, Mod rain shower, 1.7 Miles, 1003, Falling

Mace Head Automatic

South-Southwest, 34 Knots, Gust 46 Knots, Mod drizzle, 2 Miles, 997, Falling rapidly

Belmullet Automatic

South-Southwest, 33 Knots, Gust 48 Knots, Rain shower, 2 Miles, 994, Falling

Buoy M2 53° 29'N, 5° 26'W

South-Southwest, 27 Knots, Gust 40 Knots, Wave ht: 2.7 m, 1003, Falling rapidly

Buoy M3 51° 13'N, 10° 33'W

Report not available

Buoy M4 55° 0'N 10° 0'W

Southwest, 31 Knots, Gust 43 Knots, Wave height not available, 990, Falling

Buoy M6 53° 4'N 15° 56'W

West-Northwest, 21 Knots, Gust 37 Knots, Wave ht: 5.4 m, 997, Rising rapidly

Sea Area Forecast

Sea Area Forecast untill 0600 Saturday 25 February 2017 Issued at 0600 Friday 24 February 2017

Meteorological Situation at 0300: A moderate westerly airflow covers Ireland. A warm front will move in from the Atlantic today in a strengthening southwesterly airflow. The cold front will follow tomorrow and the strong southwesterly airflow over Ireland will veer westerly and ease.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Valentia to Slyne Head to Malin Head:

Wind: Westerly force 3 or 4. Backing southwesterly today and increasing to force 6 or 7. South to southwest force 6 to gale force 8 overnight.

Weather: Patchy rain/drizzle/fog becoming more widespread.

Visibility: Good becoming generally moderate to poor.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Malin Head to Carnsore Point to Valentia and the Irish Sea:

Wind: West to northwest force 4 or 5 decreasing westerly force 3 or 4 this morning. Backing southwesterly and gradually increasing to force 5 or 6 this evening and reaching force 7 in places tonight.

Weather: Fair. Patchy rain/drizzle/fog developing this afternoon and evening.

Visibility: Good. Moderate to poor later.

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 0600 Sunday 26 February 2017: Strong to gale force southwesterly winds decreasing moderate and veering westerly. Increasing fresh to strong southwesterly later. Rain clearing eastwards to fair weather. More rain extending eastwards later.

Weather Warnings

National Warning

South to southwest winds will strengthen this evening and overnight reaching mean speeds of 50 to 65km/hr, gusting 90 to 100km/hr at times.

Gale Warning

South to southwest gales will continue for a time today for all Irish coastal waters and the Irish Sea.